A recent study proved that when we are happy we work harder. This probably didn't need a study behind it to make it believable, but nevertheless nice to have statistics bolstering what we know innately to be true.
Central to our well-being is what we choose to eat, so we have compiled these tips to help you be healthy.
1. Look for the Unrefined Sugar
Sometimes we eat because we are bored. If that is the case, we tend to eat whatever is within reach, which in Hong Kong, Singapore and lots of other Asian cities means sugary processed buns, processed meats and fried food. Stock up on wholesome cakes made with high quality unrefined sugar and no trans fat that you can revisit one or two afternoons a week.
2. During the Afternoon Crave, Consume a Tea
Tea contains substances linked to a lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Keeping tea’s healthy boost in perspective, says the September 2014 Harvard Men’s Health Watch, is the ideal way to allow it to have maximum affect:
“Tea consumption, especially green tea, may not be the magic bullet, but it can be incorporated in an overall healthy diet with whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables, and less red and processed meat”
- Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health
3. Eat Foods That Fight Inflammation
Our bodies are trained to attack anything in the body deemed to be 'foreign' like chemicals, pollen from plants or invasive microbes. This is what inflammation is, and sporadic bouts of this protect our health, but when it is ongoing, inflammatory diseases thrive. Foods that can be used to counter this process include:
- olive oil
- green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
- nuts like almonds and walnuts
- fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, seabass and sardines
fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
4. Stock Meetings with Healthful Foods
Switch out the biscuits for fruit and the pastries for lean sandwiches. Salad bars and health conscious diners are becoming more numerous and so the demand for fresh food in this city has increased in parallel with ease of access. Many sandwich companies deliver, and gourmet thins are a good alternative for lunches as they are made here in Hong Kong and stuffed with fresh ingredients.
5. Eat Vegetarian During the Week
Vegetables can seem bland and boring, but that may be because we are often surrounded by eateries who do not know how to cook them. Artfully incorporating vegetables into a mushroom and tofu salad, beetroot burger or spinach and turmeric loaf are far from unappetising!
Eating vegetarian meals does much good for our planet as well as our bodies, with factory farmed meat being used far more often than any of us realise. Try being a weekday vegetarian; eat plant based foods during the week and then on weekends allow yourself some meat treats. You will enjoy eating the meat all the more when the time comes to eat it, too!
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